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Dried Cancerbush (Sutherlandia frutescens)

Dried cancerbush (Sutherlandia frutescens), is an attractive legume with delicate red flowers pictured on the South African national postage stamp. Long used by indigenous people in South Africa to treat cancer, tuberculosis, flu, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and AIDS, researchers have recently done successful trials with this medicinal plant.


USES & BENEFITS

  • Sutherlandia is known for its adaptogenic properties and its calming effect. No toxicity or side effect has been noted.
  • Health care workers report that Sutherlandia only works when taken in appropriate doses, and when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, avoiding alcoholic beverages, recreational drugs or anything that would damage the immune system.
  • Importantly, while evidence indicates Sutherlandia has an anticancer effect, and stimulates the immune system, the plant should be seen as a 'quality of life tonic' rather than a cancer cure.

TRADITIONAL USES (EXTERNAL)

  • For the washing of wounds
  • Wash eyes to treat eye infections
  • As a douche for prolapse of the uterus

OTHER USES

  • Put into dog boxes or rub into skin or put into rinsing water to repel ticks and fleas on dogs
  • Spray on plants for lice and ants
  • Repels rats and mice

AS A TEA

  • Use 2-3 teaspoons of the leaf cut in 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse for 10-15 minutes. Strain. Drink 2-3 times per day.

WARNINGS

  • You should always consult a naturopath or medical practitioner before taking herbal supplements
  • Sutherlandia frutescens treatment may interfere with pharmaceutical anti-retroviral drugs

  • Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid taking Sutherlandia frutescens as there is little scientific study of the in utero effects or effects on children, though traditionally it has been used by pregnant women in Africa with no known negative effects

  • Sutherlandia frutescens has been reported to cause dry mouth, mild diarrhea, slight dizziness and constipation

  • Thus far there is no known lethal dose

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